New York City in the Fall: Colds and Acupuncture

This year the New York City fall weather is particularly nasty.  Acupuncture can help fight off that cold in the NYC weather.Acupuncture gives your immune system a boost, which helps to fight off a cold.  Acupuncture can also reduce the symptoms of a cold, like sore throat, headaches, and body aches.  Acupuncture and Chinese medicine help to prevent and reduce the symptoms of colds in this New York City weather by addressing the specific symptoms and feelings of the patient.

Here are some acupuncture points and acupuncture point combinations that help reduce the common cold.   Lung 5 and Lung 7 are effective for reducing cough and chest congestion.  If there is a lot of chest congestion, Lung 1 may be helpful, along with cupping on the back.  LI 4 helps to relieve sinus headaches. It can be combined with Urinary bladder 7 and Yin Tang, which is on the center of the forehead.  Spleen 9 also can help relieve sinus headaches. For sore throats, Lung 7 and Kidney 6 are very helpful.  St 36 helps to boost overall energy levels.  Stomach 40 can help with post nasal drips and phlegm in the throat.    The combination of Gall bladder 41 and San Jiao 5 can help to fight off an early cold that is starting to become more severe.  San Jiao 5 can also help sore throat.

In my next post I will write about Chinese herbs and herbal formulas that can help fight and prevent the common cold.

Joseph Alban, L.Ac.
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